WILL STRATTON The Changing Wilderness (Bella Union, 2021)* “The Changing Wilderness”, ovvero di come la sensibilità di un songwriter si discosti dalla sola introspezione per proiettarsi verso il mondo esteriore, dai conflitti di un animo inquieto a quelli di una società sempre più incerta e frammentata. È, a suo modo, un album “politico” il settimo…

[streaming] Radiant Heart – Aria/Karaoke

Following on from sophomore album ‘Brocken Spectre’, out in December of last year, London-duo Radiant Heart return with their contemplative and dream-like double-single Aria/Karaoke. Chris Moore and Celia MacDougall wrote and recorded both songs over two weeks in winter as a break from working on their next album. From their separate bedrooms, they quickly wrote a…

SIMON MCCORRY And Where Are You Really From? (Polar Seas, 2021) È un periodo di fervida creatività per Simon McCorry, che subito dopo l’Ep “Nature In Nature” dà alle stampe un lavoro di quaranta minuti, ripartito in cinque dense tracce. Messe da parte le divagazioni ambientali, il violoncello processato dell’artista inglese torna a dominare, solitario,…

[streaming] Astronaute – Twist

A song about finding the fragile balance between perseverance and acceptance in friendships, written in the aftermath of a turbulent year. This single is part of a brand new EP ‘Recircle’ out June 2021. In 2013 Astronaute released their first EP ‘Myriad’. A collection of five lo-fi and acoustic songs distributed via online platform Noisetrade….

VALGEIR SIGURÐSSON Kvika (Bedroom Community, 2021) In islandese, il termine “Kvika” indica il magma, elemento quanto mai ricorrente e tangibile nell’ecosistema locale. Non sembra casuale la scelta di tale termine per designare le nuove composizioni di Valgeir Sigurðsson, già impiegate come colonna sonora del film di guerra “Malá Ríša” e adesso presentate nell’esecuzione dell’orchestra filarmonica…

[streaming] Raoul Vignal – Red Fresco

From Raoul Vignal’s album “Years in Marble”, out on Talitres May 28th, 2021. A native of Lyon, France, Raoul Vignal began performing solo at the age of 20. Throughout his stage performances, he weaves a delicate and harmonious universe, an intimate folk where his guitar playing (finger-picking and alternate tunings) establishes a subtle resonance with his soothing voice….

[video of the week] BSÍ – Vesturbæjar Beach

New single by Icelandic duo BSÍ. Reykjavík’s central bus terminal BSÍ is no longer only the most miserable location you can find in all Iceland – it’s also finally reincarneted and praised as the name of a very new band. While people still wonder if BSÍ actually stands for Brussels Sprouts Intl., it’s at least sure…

ADRIAN CROWLEY The Watchful Eye Of The Stars (Chemikal Underground, 2021)* Chi ne ha seguito il percorso creativo ormai ultraventennale ha visto Adrian Crowley maturare da artista indipendente le cui canzoni erano avvolte da atmosfere particolari a songwriter esperto, sempre più interessato all’eleganza degli arrangiamenti. La dimestichezza con la scrittura e con l’interpretazione da lui…

[streaming] Evan Cheadle – First Morning Light

Second single off Evan Cheadle upcoming album “Fault Line Serenade”, available June 11th 2021. When the dew falls over the tall grass of the Pacific Northwest and the autumn sun glistens like a million skylights darting off into space and reflecting back off the Olympic Peninsula, the smell is sweet and yet, decay is in…

AKIRA KOSEMURA 88 Keys (Schole/1631 Recordings, 2021) Ormai da qualche anno il 29 marzo, ottantottesimo giorno in calendario, coincide con il Piano Day, consacrato appunto agli ottantotto tasti del pianoforte. Non poteva essere più lampante, fin dal titolo, il contenuto del nuovo lavoro licenziato per l’occasione dal compositore giapponese, formato da quattordici brevi pièce che…

[streaming] Jill Whit – Maybe Means No

Taken from “Time is Being”, out May 28th via Orindal Records. Jill Whit is a Salt Lake City-based creative artist. Her work as a songwriter, musician, tattooer, and fine artist has allowed her to create a large community which spans across the country. Her creative practice has always been an intimate experience; for Jill, making…

IAN NYQUIST Endless, Shapeless (Laaps, 2021) Nei due anni trascorsi dal debutto “Cuan”, Ian Nyquist ha ampliato sensibilmente il proprio spettro compositivo, innestando su field recordings e frequenze concrete un microcosmo di elementi elettro-acustici ricombinati in prolungati piani sequenza. L’approccio cinematico-descrittivo dell’artista irlandese ricorre appieno nei nove brani che formano il tenebroso itinerario d’ascolto di…

[streaming] Powerdove – Machination

Title track and opening song from the album “Machination”, out May 28th 2021 via Murailles Music. Reconfigured as a French-American duo, Powerdove is releasing its fifth album and it’s a dazzling balance of diaphanous melodies and explosive arrangements, at once poppy and in-your-face experimental. Conceived on the Aegean Sea, the staggeringly beautiful songs of ‘Machination’…

[video of the week] Molly Linen – A Lot To Give

Written and performed by Molly Linen. Recorded at Green Door by Ronan Fay. Video directed and edited by Tommy Perman. Released on digital platforms on March 31, 2021 and via Lost Map’s PostMap Club subscription service in the month of April (backed with an exclusive remix by FOUND’s Tommy Perman), ‘A Lot to Give’ is…

SATOMIMAGAE Hanazono (RVNG Intl., 2021)* A seguito dell’uscita del suo secondo album (“Koko“, 2014) per l’etichetta di Chihei Hatakeyama, solitamente dedicata a lavori di sperimentazione ambient-drone, suscitò una piacevole sorpresa scoprire la setosa voce folk e il delicato picking acustico della musicista giapponese che si cela sotto l’alias Satomimagae. Dopo “Kemri” (2017), “Hanazono” rappresenta la…

BENJAMIN FINGER Exit du Départ (Oscarson, 2021) Fresco reduce da un nuovo episodio di oscura improvvisazione ambientale insieme a James Plotkin (“We Carry The Curse“), Benjamin Finger offre immediatamente un diverso profilo della sua sfaccetta personalità creativa. Nelle due tracce di circa venti minuti che formano “Exit du Départ”, l’artista norvegese ritorna alla composizione elettro-acustica,…

[streaming] Hot Coppers – Sunflower Seeds

Hot Coppers is a new solo recording venture for Gareth Parton, a Melbourne-based UK record producer best known for his work with Breeders, The Go! Team, Foals and The Beta Band as well as several artists on Lost And Lonesome – Last Leaves, Anthony Atkinson & The Running Mates, Monnone Alone, Mid-State Orange… Having spent…

LORENZO MASOTTO i=r (Whitelabrecs, 2021) L’impostazione casalinga e solitaria che già dominava “Home” (2020) caratterizza, forzatamente, anche il settimo album di Lorenzo Masotto, registrato a partire dalla primavera scorsa. Confermando l’inversione di tendenza rispetto alle aperture orchestrali e alle contaminazioni con l’elettronica, esplorate nei lavori precedenti, l’artista veneto raccoglie in “i=r” dieci concisi studi su…

[streaming] Maple Glider – Swimming

Taken from Maple Gilder’s debut album “To Enjoy is the Only Thing”, out June 25th 2021 on Partisan Records / Pieater. Maple Glider is Naarm/Melbourne-based singer-songwriter Tori Zietsch. On debut album To Enjoy Is the Only Thing, Zietsch’s vocals melt into layers of plucked acoustic guitar and lulling piano, drawing on the sombre styles of…